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FIREFIGHTER-EMT, IN-DEPTH: You Gotta Be A Bit Of An Adrenaline Junky

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John, a firefighter-EMT, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. A requirement for this job according to John? "You gotta be a little bit of an adrenaline junky." Making a positive difference in people's lives is a great perk too.

Degree: Fire and Emergency Service Administration
Job Title: Firefighter-EMT
Employer: Sarasota County Fire Department

Job Summary: Firefighters

Job Description

Firefighters protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies. They are frequently the first emergency personnel on the scene of an accident.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Firefighters must usually be certified as emergency medical technicians at the EMT-Basic level.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Varies Widely, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Courageous, Strength/stamina, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Fire Protection
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m='24390'>calls</span> <span m='24680'>are</span> <span m='24740'>better</span> <span m='25020'>than</span> <span m='25200'>others.</span> <span m='25670'>But</span> <span m='25830'>the</span> <span m='26600'>best</span> <span m='26840'>thing</span> <span m='26980'>about</span> <span m='27230'>the</span> <span m='27320'>job</span> <span m='27700'>is</span> <span m='27870'>that</span> <span m='28120'>you,</span> <span m='28550'>like</span> <span m='28710'>I</span> <span m='28740'>said</span> <span m='28900'>before,</span> <span m='29270'>you get to</span> <span m='29500'>actually</span> <span m='29780'>help</span> <span m='30000'>people</span> <span m='30300'>and make</span> <span m='30580'>a</span> <span m='30630'>positive</span> <span m='31010'>difference</span> <span m='32420'>in</span> <span m='32630'>the</span> <span m='32750'>community.</span> </p><p><span m='38790'>What are some of</span> <span m='38870'>the</span> <span m='39010'>key</span> <span m='39280'>decisions</span> <span 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or</span> <span m='112890'>with</span> <span m='113040'>your</span> <span m='113170'>family</span> <span m='113550'>and</span> <span m='113920'>your</span> <span m='114080'>friends</span> <span m='114520'>and</span> <span m='115450'>your</span> <span m='115720'>down</span> <span m='115990'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='117270'>Most</span> <span m='117530'>of</span> <span m='117600'>us</span> <span m='117730'>have</span> <span m='117890'>second</span> <span m='118170'>jobs,</span> <span m='118470'>too--</span> <span m='118730'>so</span> <span m='120090'>you</span> <span m='121130'>just</span> <span m='121380'>kind</span> <span m='121570'>of</span> <span m='121670'>figure it</span> <span m='122040'>out.</span> <span m='122720'>And</span> <span m='123440'>it's</span> <span m='123630'>not</span> <span m='123820'>really</span> <span m='124020'>any</span> <span m='124170'>different</span> <span m='124550'>than</span> <span m='125750'>anything</span> <span m='126100'>else,</span> <span m='126380'>other</span> <span m='126600'>than</span> <span m='126720'>being</span> <span m='126910'>away</span> <span m='127170'>for</span> <span m='127500'>one</span> <span m='127780'>night</span> <span m='128000'>out of</span> <span m='128160'>every</span> <span m='128430'>three.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255696,"video_id":"2700101959001","name":"68742393","duration":131348,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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